Jewelry snatching rises with gold prices in Pattaya

A policeman holds up the one-baht gold chain that the snatchers couldn’t get away with, as a much relieved Supajit Prompiram looks on.

With gold prices near all-time highs, necklace snatching crimes are soaring as well.

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Supajit Prompiram, 44, got a lesson on what not to wear to the local market when a pair of thieves on a motorbike drove alongside her on Soi Pornprapanimit as she drove back from the local market Aug. 30 and pulled on her 1-baht-weight gold chain.

Supajit talks to police about her harrowing experience of being attacked by the gold-snatching thieves.

Fortunately for her, the necklace broke and fell inside her shirt. The would-be robbers sped off with nothing. They also weren’t caught.

The attempted robbery follows a social media report of someone having a 2-baht-weight chain and amulet, worth more than 60,000 baht, snatched in Huay Yai with the owner of the ostentatious necklace offering a 10,000-baht reward for its return.

Pattaya police repeatedly have warned people not to flaunt their gaudy, expensive gold in public as it’s an easy target for criminals.